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Former Czech environment minister comments on emissions quotas prices

Former Czech Environment Minister Martin Bursík has provided evidence that the Czech Republic sold its excess CO2 emissions quotas for no less than €10 per tonne, the daily Sme newspaper wrote on June 10. Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico wanted the parliamentary opposition to give him such evidence in regards to the questionable sale of Slovakia's emission quotas for a much lower price. Bursík was responsible for making the deal in the Czech Republic on its sale of excess emissions quotas.

Former Czech Environment Minister Martin Bursík has provided evidence that the Czech Republic sold its excess CO2 emissions quotas for no less than €10 per tonne, the daily Sme newspaper wrote on June 10. Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico wanted the parliamentary opposition to give him such evidence in regards to the questionable sale of Slovakia's emission quotas for a much lower price. Bursík was responsible for making the deal in the Czech Republic on its sale of excess emissions quotas.

"If you sold it for €5 (per tonne) then we are not lower than two-fold your price", Bursík said, as quoted by Sme.

If Slovakia had sold its emissions quotas for the same price as the Czech Republic, it would have had €75 million more for thermal insulation projects than it has now, the daily wrote.

PM Robert Fico has so far refused to comment on this new information, even though he had previously called on the media and opposition to bring evidence regarding the sale price in other countries. Sme

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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